Today's News

  • Sports commentary: Season's gripings

      I’m happy to express Christmas cheer.  But that sentiment does not automatically extend to the college football bowl games..

  • Hoopsters on their way

    It was what you’d expect from some early-season basketball games.

  • Senior groups provide chance for fellowship

    A group of Bedford County seniors from throughout the county gathered in Goodview earlier this month to honor Lana Obenchain who for the last decade has been helping coordinate activities for them with the county.

        Obenchain, Bedford County program coordinator with the parks and rec department, will retire at the end of this month. The seniors program on Dec. 3 just happened to occur on the same day Obenchain became a great-grandmother.

  • Board approves Centra Health request

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors, Monday night, unanimously approved a change of use request by Centra Health for a pavilion on New London Road.

        The 9,316 facility with a gravel parking lot, is located on a 22-acre tract. The late Al Stroobants built the pavilion for private gatherings and left the pavilion to Centra in his will. Centra plans to use it for public events, educational purposes, retreats and staff meetings.

  • Community comes through to meet the needs

    The Bedford Christmas Station made Christmas brighter for 292 families this year.

        “Which is 1,200 people,” explained Karen Hughes, the Christmas Station’s director.
        That’s 10 percent more than last year. Hughes said they have heard from people who have lost jobs, can’t find work and their unemployment benefits have run out. The community stepped up and helped meet the additional need.

  • Theft at Y ruins children’s day

    A battery theft left a bunch of 3- and 4-year-olds very disappointed last week.

        According to Kristen Graham, the Bedford Area YMCA’s director of operations, the Y runs a pre-school program that includes swimming, gymnastics and other physical activities as well as art and music. Every week, the children go to the Bedford Library for story time.

  • Skate shop opens in Bedford

    It’s cold up in Maine and Colin Franklin was looking for a milder climate. That brought him to Bedford.

        The timing couldn’t have been better.
        Bedford County is building a skateboard facility at Falling Creek Park. That led Franklin to start a new business, after moving to Bedford four months ago.
        Franklin opened Full Deck on East Main Street on Dec. 4, the day of the Christmas parade. The store is located next door to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation office.

  • Board restores band position

    Come January, a new band teacher will join the staff at Jefferson Forest High School and Forest Middle School.

        On a 4-3 vote, the Bedford County School Board agreed to add a full-time position to be split between the schools for the rest of the school year. Two teachers currently serve the band students at those schools, down from three last year. Band supporters from JF had been asking the board to restore the position for several months.

  • Ann Wood named this year’s Athena recipient by Chamber

    Ann Wood received this year’s Athena Award at the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Women of Influence luncheon, Friday.

        According to Athena International’s Web site, the Bedford area is one of 500 communities around the world where this award is presented.
        The Bedford Area Chamber presents the award, but doesn’t choose the winner. A committee is set up for that purpose and chooses the winner from women who are nominated. The criteria for selecting the winner is that she must have:

  • Moving 8th graders to JF and LHS being considered

    Bedford County eighth graders in the Forest and Liberty zones could be roaming the halls of Jefferson Forest and Liberty high schools next year. But that’s just one of several options being considered to deal with facility issues in the county.